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Review: The Vamps at Shepherd's Bush Empire

We trotted down to the London venue to catch the boyband's Teenage Cancer Trust gig...

What nice boys The Vamps are. They haven’t even been on tour themselves yet, but dedicated their first UK headlining show at the Shepherd's Bush Empire to the Teenage Cancer Trust, and for completely free!

Despite supporting massive bands such as McFly, Lawson, JLS, Little Mix and The Wanted on tour, The Vamps are really only now coming in to their own. The performance the boys gave at Shepherd's Bush just goes to show that good things really do come to those who wait and The Vamps look set to be the next big boy band on the scene.

Brad, Tristan, James and Connor wowed the crowd with some of their biggest hits and also previously unheard album material, and we’re surprised the audience could even make sense of the tracks over the rapturous cheers and deafening screams the boys were met with. Highlights include their biggest hit Can We Dance, catchy Wild Heart and their latest single Last Night, which the audience went wild for. Trust us. There's still a ringing in our eyes from their devoted screaming fan base.

The boys’ stage presence is infectious, and leading man Brad is a born showman and multi-tasker, producing bang-on vocals, putting on an excellent show and melting hearts at the same time. The boys have now knocked up an impressive 60 million (yes, million!) views on YouTube, and it’s not just us watching them on a loop, honestly. Ahem.

The audience was like putty in the hands of The Vamps, and if their reaction was anything to go by, then their rise to world domination is going to be catastrophic. The boys only recently announced their headlining tour which commences in September, but that’s not before they support American heartthrob and fellow pretty boy Austin Mahone on his US tour in July.

Next week, 14 April, is definitely one for the diary as their debut album, featuring all of their biggest hits (including the platinum selling Can We Dance), is released in the UK. Having heard the tracks live, we can’t wait to immortalise them and play the album until the disc burns out.

The Vamps put on a fantastic show, which just so happened to be a cocktail of all of our favourite ingredients: catchy music, excellent performers, cute boys and an amazing cause.

Words: Perry Juby, @perryjuby

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